Questions about when and how to harvest crops.

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Are the seed pods of giant sunflowers normally empty?

So, I'm attempting to harvest sunflower seeds from some giant sunflowers I planted an age ago. Unfortunately, there's nothing inside the seed pods! I believe the sunflower was a 'giant', it may ...
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How do I use sassafras?

I have a lot of sassafras growing, and they drop a lot of branches. I have been piling them up and burning them, and using the ashes in the garden. Is there a way to use the branches like propagation ...
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Should I earth up my radishes to prevent them from being eaten or should I pull them out?

My back yard lacks a bit of sunshine so things don't grow as fast, but they do grow. I've recently planted radishes for the first time and they have already started pushing out of the ground, however ...
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What is the right way to pick peppers so the plant keeps producing?

Does it matter where on the stalk you cut or remove the fruit off the plant so that you don't suck away its future earning potential? Let's take the photo here, of a Cayenne pepper (Capsicum annuum), ...
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Why are my tomatoes tasteless?

I have a taste problem this year with my greenhouse tomatoes. I've grown a mix of varieties (moneymaker plus a couple of others) indoors and they've all come out nothing like as tasty as in previous ...
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How do I tell if a Green Fig is ripe?

There is a Kadota (I think) fig tree in our yard - the fruit is massive, slightly squishy, and the holes at the bottom of the figs are starting to open and they're starting to pale. How do I tell if ...
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How can I tell if my apples are ready to harvest?

I have a young apple tree (Spartan) with a small number of nice sized apples. How can I tell if they are ready to harvest?
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Should I lift my onion crop?

Looks like my onion crop is done (end of August). The green part has died right back and I've got just the bulb sat a little way into the soil. I don't have a good rodent-proof cool dry dark outdoor ...
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Should I remove fruits afflicted with blossom end rot?

A few of my peppers are, it seems, suffering blossom end rot - first identified a week or two ago - this is based on the descriptions on the condition elsewhere on the site, but here's a few pics to ...
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My broccoli has started to head up. Anything I should know?

First time broccoli planter. A couple of my plants have just started to form heads, is there anything special I need to do? How do I know when its ready? Also, what is the proper way to harvest ...
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When will my tomatoes be ready to harvest?

I am planning to serve homemade tomato soup for a large dinner party on Sept 24, 2011 (42 days from this posting). This dinner is really important to me; so important, that I decided to plant my own ...
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Do peppers change color when left on the plant?

My mother and I purchased some pepper plants from Costco. The info card they came with (which identifies them as Capsicum annuum bell peppers†) depicts vibrant red bell peppers. However, they've ...
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How do I know when garlic is ready to be harvested?

I planted some garlic this spring and I am now wondering when I should harvest it. (I planted them between 60 and 90 days ago -- not quite sure when I put them in.) I pulled up one the other day and ...
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Harvesting beans to prolong cropping - but how thorough do I need to be?

It is said that if you let your runner/french beans reach full maturity, the plant stops producing. So I harvest my beans (even if only to throw/give them away) regularly to prolong cropping. How ...
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Does it matter if my cabbage forms its heart some way off the ground?

My cabbages have been growing strongly, but until recently mostly big loose leaves, not hearts. Now they're beginning to heart up, but some way up the stalk and off the ground (about 12-15cm up the ...
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Why did my basil leaves turn black?

I picked a bunch of basil last week so we could put up some pesto. I brought the leaves inside, washed them, and set them on the counter in the kitchen while gathering other ingredients for pesto ...
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Which types of broccoli are cut-and-come-again?

I grew two types of broccoli this year. One was monaco I think, and the other one I'm not sure about (maybe calabrese?). We started harvesting the monaco more than a month ago and per this question ...
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Duration of harvest season from Bush Bean plants?

Was wondering what a typical duration of production for a conventional bush bean is. I know a lot of factors such as how well the plants are cared for and heat can play into it. Here in the ...
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How to prolong Cauliflower growing season, harvest?

I love fresh cauliflower, but it's so terribly temperature / light sensitive that I might as well just pick it all and freeze it if I actually want to eat it. Is there anything I can do to ensure ...
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Does cauliflower produce secondary growth after the main harvest?

Will cauliflower do anything after you pick the main flower like broccoli or should I just pull the whole plant out when I'm harvesting?
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Can I harvest celery a stalk at a time?

I've got a chicken in the pot and some (young) celery plants in the garden. Will it damage the plant if I go out and cut a couple of the (small) outer stalks to add a little extra flavor?
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How do I encourage lemongrass to produce a strong stalk for culinary use?

I am growing some lemongrass (in a pot) and it's doing very well so far: over the past month, it went from a stump, to about 20-30cm high, with long thin leaves. My question is: what the best way to ...
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What happens to a broccoli plant after it has been decapitated?

Does it generate a new head? Or is it then done for the year? What can I do to encourage larger heads?
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Should I pick my peppers early or wait till they mature (ripen) on the plant?

I planted a small assortment of pepper plants a month ago, and I have a couple of small jalapeño and anaheim peppers hanging off of their respective plants. I'm wondering if I should go ahead and pick ...
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Can I harvest beetroot early as “micro beetroots”?

I bought a pack of beetroot seeds today, but there are a lot more than I thought (250). Seems like farm sort of quantities far more than my window sill can hold. Anyway, I had the idea to grow them ...
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What's the best way to cut leaf lettuces?

The last few years I've had success growing romaine and other leaf lettuces. I usually try to harvest only as much as we need for a day (or couple days). That often means just a few leaves at a time ...
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My second year garlic has flowers. Is it safe to eat?

Apparently I didn't find all my garlic bulbs last fall and they grew to 4 feet tall this spring. They have a large, white flower head. I want to try cooking with it, but don't want to risk my ...
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How does one determine when to pick corn?

Last year I grew a little stand (4x4) of short-season corn. I hand-pollinated it and everything was growing great. But I waited a little too long, I guess, and when I picked it, my corn tasted ...
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How do I encourage my Florence fennel to produce fat bulbs?

I have some Florence fennel in my garden that tends to grow very fast in height and to make flowers, but the base stays relatively thin. What should I do to encourage the growth of a "fat" bulb in ...
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Harvesting rhubarb

I've got a big, lovely rhubarb plant in my yard which I'd hope to be able to harvest a few different times over the course of a summer. How should I harvest my rhubarb to encourage it to regrow ...